Questions and Answers

We are frequently asked questions concerning the environment, herewith a selection. Alternatively, if you have any other issues you would like to discuss please contact us.

Do We Use Recycled Packaging?
Yes. Cardboard and certain packaging contain high levels of recycled materials. All our wastepaper and cardboard throughout the company is segregated into dedicated skips and collected by specialised companies. We also encourage customers to return pallets for re-use.

Are Your Products Biodegradable?
The surfactants used in our products are biodegradable, which means they will be broken down by micro-organisms in a sewage treatment process by at least 60% and converted into carbon dioxide in 28 days.
Reference: Regulation EC No. 648/2004 European Parliament Council 31st March 2004.
Generally the surfactants we use exceed the 60% target; the vast majority is more than 95% biodegradable in 28 days.

Do You Have Products Which Are Safe To The Environment?
Every chemical has an impact on the environment. It is important to choose a product that has a minimum effect and causes as little environmental harm as possible.
We formulate our products accordingly and have devised a unique system to calculate the impact on the Environment. Please see section W.E.I.R. The Wright Environmental Impact Rating.

What Is Meant By The Term 'Sustainability'?
The general principle of improving sustainability is simple - reduce consumption to preserve the world's natural resources and reduce emissions to minimise pollution.
We use a number of methods including minimising water consumption, operating efficient systems for cleaning out filling lines and vessels and recycling waste packaging.

Are You Accredited To ISO 14001 Environmental Management System?
Yes. This internationally recognised standard was awarded to the company by the British Standards Institution, which is evidence of our total commitment to full compliance of all relevant legislation in order to help protect the environment.

Do Your Products Contain Phosphates?
Some of them do, but it is only present for a specific purpose. The British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS) Guidance for Responsible Public Procurement of Cleaning Products states with respect to the use of phosphates in cleaning products, that there is 'no issue for procurement'.

Is A Plant Based Raw Material Better For The Environment Than A Petrochemical Based Ingredient?
Not necessarily. In terms of sustainability, the energy used in processing or transporting must be assessed for each material. The fossil fuel consumed in providing some renewable materials can be substantial.
Also, if thousands of acres of natural habitat are cleared to make way for plantations of farmable plant based raw materials, whilst making extinct the native plants and animals - how can this be good for the environment?
Destruction of natural habitat to grow plants to produce raw materials for chemicals would be counter productive.
The downstream effect (biodegradation, etc.) is a function only of the molecules structure, not its origin.

Some Companies Claim Their Products Are Safe To the Environment Because They Do Not Need Safety Data Sheets.
A safety data sheet is not required if the product contains less than 1% of a raw material which has a hazard classification.

We, and most companies, supply safety data sheets on all products as a matter of course, but the absence of a safety data sheet does not lead to a low overall impact on the environment.

Do Your Products Contain NPE's?
No, Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPE's) were subject to voluntary restriction in their use from the 1970's. Most companies, including Evans Vanodine, began to phase out the use of NPE's over the ensuing 20 - 30 years. In 2004 this restriction was embodied in European and UK Law in the form of Directive 2003/53/EC and Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 1816: The Controls on Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Regulations 2004.

As a consequence, Evans Vanodine and other law abiding companies have discontinued the use of NPE's in cleaning products.

What Is The Biocidal Products Directive?
The Biocidal Products Directive is a European Directive which has two main objectives:-

1. To harmonise the European market and their active substances to enable all EEC members to compete on a level playing field.

2. To provide a high level of protection by ensuring all biocidal products are registered and assessed for toxicity to humans and the environment.

We have been involved with this directive at a European level for over 14 years and should you require further information on the Biocidal Products Directive please contact us at our head office in Preston.